New Orleans Pelicans rookie guard Bryce Dejean-Jones has died at the age of 23. Shams Charania of The Vertical has reported Dejean-Jones bled to death after suffering from a gunshot womb to the abdomen in Dallas, TX. The Dallas Police Department has confirmed that Dejean-Jones was shot after breaking down the door to an apartment early Saturday morning.
According to Dallas police, officers responded to a call about a shooting at Camden Belmont Apartments around 3:20 a.m. Saturday morning. The resident of the apartment stated an individual had kicked open his door and entered. The resident, who was asleep at the time, retrieved his handgun and called out to the individual but did not receive an answer. The individual kicked the bedroom door and the resident fired his gun through the door, shooting him in the stomach.
Responding officers found Dejean-Jones collapsed in an outdoor passageway, he later succumbed to his injuries at a local hospital. He was then identifed by police as Dejean-Jones.
According to an email that was sent to residents of the apartment complex Saturday morning, the individual was “believed to be breaking into the apartment of an estranged acquaintance [but] inadvertently broke into the wrong apartment.”
Reports claim Dejean-Jones was visiting his girlfriend in Dallas for his daughter’s first birthday. ESPN reports that he and the girlfriend got into an argument before the shooting and Dejean-Jones went for a walk while his girlfriend returned to the apartment.
“He went to the wrong apartment unfortunately and I think he thought his girlfriend locked him out, so he was knocking on the door, banging on the door, it’s locked,” his agent, Scott Nichols told the Associated Press. “So one thing led to another.”
The NBA, and New Orleans Pelicans have released a statement about Dejean-Jones passing, which can be seen below.
Statement from the Pelicans: pic.twitter.com/cb2k6mORzy
— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) May 28, 2016
Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of Pelicans guard Bryce Dejean-Jones pic.twitter.com/AwP1EqPwd4
— NBA (@NBA) May 28, 2016
NBPA statement on passing of Bryce Dejean-Jones. pic.twitter.com/VnISXroYBz
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) May 28, 2016